Time zones – the greatest incompatibility of them all

First came language. God’s revenge on his peoples for their vain Babelish efforts to build an infrastructure that would reach him in heaven. I say infrastructure because obviously the tower of babel was a metaphor and in fact the infrastructure could in reality have been anything from a large heap of sand in the desert to a broadband, dark fibre super-data-highway.  Now, tellingly for all you interoperability freaks out there, the price for the ultimate heresy is not to reduce us all to one language but to curse us with many. I know you know this, but let’s face it in so many ways this is such a great explanation for our individual and international inability to communicate, the enforced destruction of compatibility between team members. What do you mean we can’t get on? God didn’t want us to get on! Love thy neighbour as thyself – sure but don’t bother trying to figure out what he’s saying because that would be heresy – don’t you just love religion – it certainly has a lot to answer for.

Second,major pandemic incompatibilty must be time zones. Just because it’s sunny and not the middle of the night seems to be a good reason to say it’s a different time from the place where it is the middle of the night. There was this concept of Internet time which presumably was designed to overcome the incompatibility of Time zones – but clearly it had not practical value – except perhaps to say – I’ll meet you in such and such a chat room at x hours internet time. Or perhaps it would be useful for fixing the times for conference calls – not 9am our time, but x hours internet time. But when you think about it – that just doubles the inconvenience for both parties who both have to translate their local time into internet time. The margin for human error probably doubles too. Plus it turns out that this really was a crass marketing plan – by Swatch – who put the new meridien right through their head offices in Biel Switzerland – now that is the ultimate corporate vanity! Extraordinary!

Incidentally, this weekend appears to be the first time that I can remember (but clearly my memory is short) that the US, Canada and the UK all returned to their real time as distinct from their summer time saving time – on the same “spooky? weekend – “spooky?? Is this the new meaning of the coalition?

And of course the Empire does still subliminally live on in the world’s time zones:

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The Greenwich Meridian (Prime Meridian or Longitude Zero degrees) marks the starting point of every time zone in the World. GMT is Greenwich Mean (or Meridian) Time is the mean (average) time that the earth takes to rotate from noon-to-noon.

GMT is World Time and the basis of every world time zone which sets the time of day and is at the centre of the time zone map. GMT sets current time or official time around the globe. Most time changes are measured by GMT. Although GMT has been replaced by atomic time (UTC) it is still widely regarded as the correct time for every international time zone.

Which brings me to Jet Lag which is the ultimate symbol of the incompatibility of time zones. Which is why I am awake now writing this, as if anyone could possibly not know all this stuff already or be in the slightest bit interested.

The crisies of confidence that a blog induces from time to time, must be an indicator of its own “my media for me? why should anyone listen or give a shit? status…

No comments? My friends are so polite!

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